Farmingdale man arrested in TD Bank robberies

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WALL TOWNSHIP — A Farmingdale man was arrested Monday and charged with robbing two TD Bank branches — the second one on Old Mill Road just hours before his arrest.

Mark R. Volek, 53, of Farmingdale, was arraigned on Tuesday in Trenton before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert, according to a statement issued by the office of Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Robert J. Conrad, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI], Mr. Volek entered a TD Bank in Tinton Falls, on Friday, Aug. 25, wearing a yellow baseball cap, a gray T-shirt, blue denim shorts and black and neon running shoes.

Mr. Volek handed a teller a plastic grocery bag and a note that read “put the money in bag now and nobody get hurt,” and then told the bank teller, “put the money in the bag. Come on, I’m desperate,” according to the complaint.

The teller handed Mr. Volek approximately $1,400 in cash and he left the bank, the complaint states.

On Monday, Aug. 28, Mr. Volek entered the TD Bank on Old Mill Road in Wall, clad in the same outfit, and said, “Put the money in the bag now. This is no joke. I will shoot you. $100. $50.”

According to the complaint, Mr. Volek also told the teller, “Give me money. If you don’t, I’m going to cut you.” The teller gave Mr. Volek $500 and he left the building.

Mr. Volek was recorded on each bank’s video surveillance system, according to the complaint, having first been recorded getting into a silver Hyundai Santa Fe outside of the TD Bank in Tinton Falls.

According to authorities, Mr. Volek was arrested at a motel in Neptune following the robbery in Wall, still wearing the same clothes.

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Jennifer Ortiz
Jennifer Ortiz is a Reporter at The Coast Star. She can be reached at jortiz@thecoaststar.com or at 732-223-0076, ext 23.